Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ebola On BBM

With the recent outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Nigeria everyone is being very careful with everything.

Yesterday, at a bank a man wanted to borrow my pen and just before he touched the pen he asked me if it was sanitized. This obviously shows the height of fear he had for the deadly disease and of course he is not the only one, who due to fear of contracting Ebola, had become meticulous. 
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) among other social networks is one major medium used in promoting the Ebola virus even when it was not yet viral. Every day I get multiple broadcasts on Ebola updates (true and untrue).
People won't stop passing preventive tips to friends and family, in most cases not because they really care, but due to some selfish reasons.We all know that once a close person is infected with Ebola, the chances of us getting infected doubles. So to be on the safe side, we educate our friends and family on how to stay uninfected.

Just a weird thought now: "WHAT IF" because of the constant typing of the word "Ebola" on BBM, the virus decides to attack the application? What will be the fate of faithful pingers like you and I?
If BBM is attacked by this seemingly deadly virus, trust me Nigeria would be wiped clean in less than 24hours.

With every ping and broadcast, the virus is bound to spread, and for people who own multiple pinging gadgets . . . permit me to complete my thoughts - they will be exposed to multiple channels of contracting the virus.

But thank God Ebola CAN NOT be on BBM, it can only be typed on BBM.
We should know that Ebola is not like HIV or STD's that can be contracted by careless habits. Ebola is epic! It is peculiar and unique to itself. Being careful might play little or no significant role in preventing the disease because at the long run only God can protect us from the body fluids of infected persons.

Sweat and saliva among other human body fluids are the most rampant and most inevitable means of contracting this virus - and we encounter these fluids on a daily basis. 

How do you prevent a sweating man from sitting next to you in a commercial bus?
How do we stop a market woman from splashing saliva on her fresh fish and its buyers while she talks?

There are other routines that could be a source of contacting Ebola through sweat.

1. Handshakes and hugs
2. Buttons of ATM machines: The pace of usage would make body fluid drop on the buttons.
3. Trying out clothes, watches, hats, glasses, shoes, slippers before buying.
4. Makeup kit: Women share both blushes, cake powder, and powder puff.
5. Door handles/access to public places.

It's not just by being careful, you never can tell when you cross your own precautionary lines. Like I said earlier only God can protect us from the body fluids of infected persons. Cleanliness they say is next to Godliness, so as you wash your hands regularly don't forget to also pray for divine protection. 

Note: Ebola is Not On BBM.

 © Ajumoke Nwaeze 2014

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